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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Best Bites at BITE

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Steak Tartare from Bourbon Steak - ALICE DISHES
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  • Steak Tartare from Bourbon Steak

Luminary chefs and winemakers gathered in Silicon Valley over the weekend, at the inaugural BITE Silicon Valley conference, giving attendees the opportunity to sample their best "bite" and sip. A real crowd-pleaser was the steak tartare from the Mina Group's Bourbon Steak. Beautifully presented with homemade potato chips, it was the perfect bite.

click to enlarge Blinis from Charlie Ayers - ALICE DISHES
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  • Blinis from Charlie Ayers

Other highlights included blinis from Charlie Ayers, the founding Google chef, who now owns his own restaurant in Palo Alto, Calafia, as well as a catering business. He tells us he is starting to think about his next cookbook, and that recent TV appearances have helped to raise his profile.

Local San Francisco eatery, Delfina, represented with a simple bite of toasted bread, topped with tomato, cheese and olive oil, while its neighbor, Craftsman and Wolves offered a variety of bites from Pates de Fruits to truffle-style chocolate on a cleverly curved speculoos cookie. 

click to enlarge Chocolate delights from Craftsman and Wolves - ALICE DISHES
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  • Chocolate delights from Craftsman and Wolves

The wine flowed with a number of companies making the trip north from Southern California, including Cold Heaven and Palmina, to pour alongside Moet et Chandon and others.

Exhibitors weren't limited to eateries and wineries. Food-related innovation was on display too. Lynx demonstrated a brand new voice-activated outdoor grill, which costs a cool $8,500. Rather a steep price to pay for a machine that needs to have a conversation with you before grilling your dogs on game day. Beyond Meat gave out samples of its 100 percent plant-based burgers and ground beef substitute. Kite Hill offered tastes of its plant-based dairy products (essentially cheeses made from almond milk), while Nomiku showed off its sous-vide for the home cook. 

All in all, Bite brought together an interesting collection of chefs, wineries, products and presentations, but lacked some of the ambiance of Eat Drink SF, the truly gastronomic festival which comes up later in the summer.

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